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International Alumni Homecoming reunion

The first annual international alumni homecoming reunion will take place October 7-9, 2016. Former WMU international students from all over the globe are invited back to Kalamazoo to visit their alma mater and reconnect with old friends. Special events will take place throughout the weekend including a reception, homecoming tailgate party, and recognition during the homecoming football game’s Parade of Flags. For more details, visit the event page.



The Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education aspires to be a worldwide leader in developing opportunities for global learning, discovery, and engagement. Founded in 1998, the institute serves as Western Michigan University’s hub for international exchange, activity, and initiatives and as a resource to guide and support internationalization of the academic and campus environment. Recognizing that WMU’s students, faculty, staff, and its international partners are integral to these efforts, the institute is committed to working closely with the University community to develop opportunities that support and sustain the global engagement pillar of the University’s mission by:

  • Forging and sustaining mutually beneficial international partnerships.
  • Recruiting a diverse population of international students and scholars.
  • Sending students, faculty and staff abroad.
  • Supporting internationalization of the curriculum.
  • Providing campus- and community-based opportunities for global engagement.
  • Engaging with alumni.

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For more information about globalization and internationalization programs, activities and initiatives, visit WMU's Global Engagement website.